Challenges and opportunities during six years in Kingman opened the door for her promotion to deputy director of the Arizona Department of Transportation, Debra Brisk said.
"I have enjoyed working with the people of the area where a lot is going on and ADOT is a part of it," Brisk said.
"Learning from the citizens and working as a member of the community helped open the door to this new challenge and opportunity."
After six years as Kingman resident engineer and 16 years with ADOT, Brisk was named to the No.
2 position in ADOT on Friday under Director Victor Mendez.
"Debra is an outstanding leader who will work well within the ADOT management team to make sure our programs are implemented in a timely, cost conscious and orderly manner, Mendez said.
"She has deftly employed total quality management, community involvement and community relations to bring major projects to completion on time and within budget."
Kingman Mayor Les Byram said Brisk has been the best ADOT representative ever in Mohave County.
"She meets regularly with staff to discuss projects and policies in the area keeping us totally informed with ADOT projects," Byram said.
"She speaks at community meetings, issues timely bulletins and is always available."
In her new position, Brisk will add duties that involve Arizona airports, highway construction and maintenance, motor vehicle registration and driver's licenses and a multi-modal transportation plan.
"Bob Najaka, Kingman airport manager, has already been in contact with be," Brisk said.
"Airports are part of the additional challenges in the new job."
Byram listed the Mohave Wash trail project, the Route 66 landscaping along Andy Devine Avenue, improvements at the Stockton Hill Road and Beale Street I-40 interchanges, the U.S.
93 and 68 interchange and divided roadway though Coyote Pass as some projects Brisk has seen completed in the area.
Others are a walkway and bicycle trail, which lead from the Skateboard Park along I-40 to Stockton Hill Road, under I-40 and along Beverly Avenue to the Mohave Wash, and a walkway over Route 66 at the Powerhouse.
Brisk has been part of the team planning the Hoover Dam Bridge and will continue in that role as ADOT Deputy Director.
She represents ADOT in meetings with U.S.
and Nevada highway agencies developing the bridge and approaches.
Statewide challenges for ADOT and Brisk include funding for ADOT, regulations for trucks from Mexico and truck traffic along the CanaMex Corridor.
"A new federal highway bill will be a chance to work with the federal agency," she said, "Trucks from Mexico on U.S.
93 and safety regulations for them and getting the most from the limited funds will provide more challenges."
Mendez said Brisk has experience in both rural and metropolitan areas of Arizona, which at was a factor in her selection.
She led the team that designed the I-17/ Bell Road traffic interchange and the I-10/24th Street interchange in Phoenix.
While Kingman resident engineer, her office completed four projects on U.S.
93 between Wickenburg and Kingman.
A fifth is under construction and others planned.
The design and construction of the11 miles of State 68 from Golden Valley to Bullhead City is ahead of schedule with completion expected by summer.
The project is the second design-and-build project in the state, whereby the design firm and contractor work together.
The process is quicker than the old system, under which a road project would first be designed and then a separate bid be sought for construction.
"The new system saves both time and construction dollars," Brisk said.
Brisk will take over her new duties by mid-February, and someone with one of the current Kingman ADOT District staff will be named acting director.
She and husband, Kip Wyse, will be moving to Phoenix after the end the school year.
Wyse teaches at Palo Christi School.
"One of the big changes will be what I see looking out my window in Phoenix," Brisk said.
"The lights of the city, the mountains and the space have made Kingman home and a place we will miss."